PAVLOV’S DOG is presenting the project ‘Walhala’ by Robin Hinsch at Treptow Atelier’s in Berlin from 2 through 5 July, 2021. The Hamburg-based photographer, who studied Photography under Prof. Elger Esser and Ute Mahler, traveled to the places where oil and gas, brown coal and hard coal are extracted from the earth – to where the fuels that drive the global economy are drilled and mined. His photos expose the methods of exploitation behind the extraction of fossil fuels and document that there is no difference in principle between the destruction of the environment and violence against people.
Robin Hinsch : “Covering 70,000 sq km (27,000 sq miles) of wetlands, the Niger Delta was formed primarily by sediment deposition. The region is home to more than thirty million people and 40 different ethnic groups, making up 7.5% of Nigeria’s total land mass. It used to boast an incredibly rich ecosystem, containing one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity on the planet, before the oil industry moved in. The Nigerian department of petroleum resources estimates that 1.89 million barrels were spilled into the Niger Delta between 1976 and 1996. What’s more, a report from the United Nations suggests that there were a total of 6,817 spills between 1976 and 2001, amounting to around three million barrels of oil. So far, the authorities and oil companies have done little to clean up and neutralize the delta, and oil spills are still very common. Half of the spills are caused by pipeline and tanker accidents, while others are the result of sabotage (28%), oil production operations (21%), and inadequate production equipment (1%). Another issue in the Niger Delta is gas flaring, a byproduct of oil extraction. As the gas burns, it destroys crops, pollutes water and has a negative impact on human health. Wahala was shot in Nigeria in 2019 and draws attention to untamed economic growth and its negative impact on ecology.” An interview with the photographer on his project WALHALA is available via LEICA.
About – Robin Hinsch is an artist and photographer based in Hamburg, Germany. In his artistic, photographic practice, he focuses mainly on social-economic and political issues. In his research-based subjective and sometimes intuitive approach to storytelling, he combines photography with film collages and installation techniques. His work has seen him travel to various countries such as Iraq, Ukraine, Syria, Nigeria, China, Russia, India, Uganda, and many more countries.
He studied photography in Karlsruhe, Hannover and Hamburg in the courses of Prof. Ute Mahler, Prof. Elger Esser and Prof. Vincent Kohlbecher. He holds a Masters Degree in Photography. His work has been awarded with the World Photography Award, the International Photography Award, the European Photo Exhibition Award, and the Georg Koppmann Prize. It has been shortlisted for the Leica Oskar Barnack Prize and the Lucie Awards, and has been nominated for the Prix Pictet and the Henri Nennen Prize, to name a few. His work is widely published both domestically and internationally. Since 2016, he has been an elected member of the German Photographic Academy. Besides his own work, he teaches and holds lectures on various occasions for Leuphana University Lüneburg, AdBK Nuremberg and the House of Photography in Hamburg. Since 2017, he has been the curator and founder of Format, a vital laboratory for contemporary photography in Hamburg.
Robin Hinsch ‘WAHALA’ - Vernissage 2 July, 2021, 6pm . Exhibition 3 July – 5 July, 2021 . Treptow Atelier’s, Wilhelminenhofstraße 83-85, 12459 Berlin.
In an unexpected twist in the final episode of BBC’s Great British Photography Challenge, not one, but two winners have been named. Jackson Moyles, 21, from Dunfermline, and Tyrone Williams, 28, from Northampton, were crowned joint winners and are the first photographers to claim the title in this new series. Over the past four weeks, photographer and director RANKIN, who is internationally acclaimed for his famous iconic portraits, had to make this decision together with Ellen Stone, founder of Public Offerings Ltd.
RANKIN on the Jury’s decision : “Picking a winner for the show was really hard. It prompted some heated debate between me and the other judges. Tyrone and Jackson are completely different photographers, with two very different styles and career paths. Tyrone is an art photographer, with a really clear voice. His work grabbed my attention from the very beginning. Jackson’s work, on the other hand, grew as he found himself over the competition. So in that way, they were both stand-out photographers who showed their talent during the competition. There was no way we could split them – they were both clear winners in their own right. Now we’re excited to invite everyone to have a look at their talent first-hand as they reveal brand new works in their winner’s exhibitions.”
Tyrone on his win : “I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with and meet such passionate photographers and creatives. Winning the series has been such a great feeling and an amazing validation for my photography portfolio, but I feel all of us have achieved so much in the series. To all execute the challenges as we did and to all exhibit our work in the final, helping each other with every step, you can call us all winners.”
“Jackson is the photographer who reminded me most of myself at that age. He loves landscapes, I love portraiture, but we share the same passion for taking photographs, that same drive to make the next picture great – and, sometimes, the same cocky attitude! He worked hard for the show, pushed himself, really one to watch going forward,” says Rankin.
The Great British Photography Challenge was produced by Storyboard Studios for BBC – and you can see both exhibitions online : JACKSON MOYLES: REFLECTION & TYRONE WILLIAMS: DECONSTRUCTIONS